Country Music Icon Bill Chambers Records at DGs

We had country music icon Bill Chambers performing and recording at Damien Gerard Studios on his return from the Nannup Music Festival. He performed on a Not Good With Horses single duetting with the lovely Brielle Davis. This song was produced by Brendan Gallagher and engineered by Russell Pilling.

Rusty's tip of the week # 4 - How To Record Vocals So They Count

This topic is just about infinite and everyone has an opinion but...

here's just a few simple things to keep in mind that I have found really useful over the years.

 In general the lead vocal is the most important part of the song, it's what the public relate to and sing along with, so……
"don't make it the very last thing you record". This can be harder than it sounds because it is good to have some decent parts down first for the singer to pitch to and 'feel' the track. On the other hand you

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Rusty's tip of the week #2-How to best prepare for a recording session

Pre Production
This really falls into how long is a piece of string category but the basics are - "prepare for your recording session before
entering the studio."
This may seem like common sense but i dont know how many times bands have rocked up and are still deciding which songs to record
and what the arrangements are!
So a couple of quick ideas would be

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Rusty's Tip of The Week # 3

Rusty's tip of the week # 3 - one simple idea to make the drums stand out.......

Ever wondered how they get that high end high quality sheen on the top end sound to the drums, ?
think of those hifi audiophile recordings,think Pink Floyd, Muse and others.

Well of course you can talk about the room itself, the mics, the preamps and then what the mix and mastering guys do
BUT one of the most forgotten things and the simplest is way back to the source - how about Cleaning and Polishing those cymbals!!

it really does make an immediate and obvious difference, gives that cut through hifi crispness
on the hi hat, ride and crashes -without over eq'ing or compressing!! Which more than ever in the world of digital and plug ins
is very much to the advantage.

Of course if your project is a Lo Fi Grunge affair then maybe do the opposite - Never clean those things - Ever!!

Rusty's tip of the week - one way to ensure the best result for your next guitar session

This applies to both electric and acoustic sessions and is something i've seen time and time again.
Its easy to get it wrong as well so many get half way there and then make it worse than before as well.

Common sense really - 'put new strings on!!'

BUT and it's a big BUT play them in properly, say 2-3 days BEFORE the session, never on the day.
And when you think you've played them in enough, play them in again!

This will ensure correct tone from the guitar, which is after all the source, as well as hopefully
greatly decreasing the chance of breaking a string right in the middle of that crucial take.

its what the pros do, every gig and every session is a new set, but they have stage techs that spend all day playing them in,
which is absolutely vital. If this isn't done properly the instrument will not hold tune and will most likely be worse than with old strings.

If you aren't confident with changing the strings have a music shop or tech do it a few days before the session, then spend the next few days playing them in.

So many times i have seen bands do it on the day in the studio and then we spend the rest of the day trying to keep them in tune, to laments of. 'the guitar was fine in rehearsal with the old strings'.

So be professional, do it right, and you'll be able to listen back and say, 'so glad i put new strings on, the guitar sounds awesome.'

Russ-T-Rok (Russell Pilling) is the chief engineer at Damien Gerard Studios Sydney where he has been pulling guitar sounds for over 25 years.


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